"Fascinating . . . Adèle has glanced at the covenant of modern womanhood--the idea that you can have it all or should at least die trying--and detonated it." --The New York Times Book Review
"[A] fierce, uncanny thunderbolt of a book." --Entertainment Weekly
From the bestselling author of The Perfect Nanny--one of the 10 Best Books of the Year of The New York Times Book Review--her prizewinning novel about a sex-addicted woman in Paris
She wants only one thing: to be wanted.
Adèle appears to have the perfect life: She is a successful journalist in Paris who lives in a beautiful apartment with her surgeon husband and their young son. But underneath the surface, she is bored--and consumed by an insatiable need for sex.
Driven less by pleasure than compulsion, Adèle organizes her day around her extramarital affairs, arriving late to work and lying to her husband about where she's been, until she becomes ensnared in a trap of her own making. Suspenseful, erotic, and electrically charged, Adèle is a captivating exploration of addiction, sexuality, and one woman's quest to feel alive.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
French novelist Leïla Slimani is clearly drawn to the dark side. Her global bestseller The Perfect Nanny was inspired by the true story of a Manhattan nanny who murdered her young charges, and Adèle follows the downward spiral of a Parisian journalist derailed by her sordid and compulsive liaisons with random men. Adèle’s story isn’t pretty, but it makes for page-turning reading. Slimani’s slim novel paints an unusual portrait of female desire and slices through sanctified ideas of happy marriages and the idyll of motherhood.